Bite-Size Book Review – Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

This is the second book in the From a Certain Point of View series of anthologies that take place in the Star Wars universe. The books follow the events of the movies (here Empire Strikes Back) from the point of view of characters in the background. For example, here you get to experience Hoth through the eyes of a tauntaun, Cloud City through the eyes of an ugnaut, the escape from Hoth through the eyes of the Millenium Falcon’s computer (L3), etc…

The anthology has about 25 stories from a wide range of authors. Some of the authors are Star Wars standbys, but what I really enjoy is getting the chance to read some very good authors like R.F. Kuang, Martha Wells, and Hank Green who might otherwise not have time to write a full blown Star Wars novel play in the universe for a short bit of time. There’s sure to be at least one author here that every fan of science fiction has read and enjoyed.

When you’ve read as many Star Wars novels as I have, getting the same characters over and over again can feel a bit stale. That’s why I enjoy this series so much. It’s fun to parachute in to the story of an anonymous chef in Cloud City or engineer on Hoth to experience these grand adventures we’ve all seen a million times from a different perspective. It’s just a lot of fun and a welcome format experience for the Star Wars series of novels. I’m hoping they continue through the rest of the movies in the same fashion.

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